Bethlehem, West Bank — Greek Orthodox clergymen clean the Church of the Nativity, believed by many Christians to be at the site of the birthplace of Jesus Christ.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Nasser Shiyoukhi / Associated PressLink
Abidjan, Ivory Coast — Mariame Kanfando, 10, with her father, wait outside a morgue to get the bodies of her mother and two sisters killed in a stampede on New Year's Eve. Survivors of the stampede that killed 61 people, most of them children and teenagers, after a fireworks display at a stadium said Wednesday that barricades stopped them from moving along a main boulevard, causing the crush of people.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Emanuel Ekra / Associated PressLink
Cairo — An Egyptian woman walks past a downtown shop. The Egyptian pound slid nearly 1% Monday, bringing the exchange rate at banks to 6.42 pounds to the dollar. It marked a cumulative loss of nearly 4% this week after Egypt's central bank took steps in what bankers believe is an attempt to control the devaluation of the currency.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Khalil Hamra / Associated PressLink
Herat, Afghanistan — An Afghan boy tries to hit ball with a stick during an Afghan game known as top danda.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Hoshang Hashimi / Associated PressLink
Kabul, Afghanistan — Vulnerable Afghan families threatened by the country's harsh winter weather wait to receive winter goods distributed by the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) says more than 2 million Afghans throughout the country are at risk from extreme weather this winter.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: S. SABAWOON / EPALink
Srinagar, India — Kashmiri government employees shout slogans as Indian police detain them during a protest. The employees demanded regularization of their jobs and that the government compensate them for unpaid salaries.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mukhtar Khan / Associated PressLink
Hong Kong — Approximately 18,000 shark fins are left out to dry on top of a roof top of an industrial building in Kennedy Town district. Shark fin traders have taken to drying freshly sliced fins from sharks on roof tops in the city since a public outcry in 2010 over them drying the fins on public sidewalks forced them to move the trade out of sight.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PAUL HILTON / EPALink
Bangkok, Thailand — Suspects in the rape of Russian tourists attend a press conference at the Royal Thai Police headquarters as a policeman shows the press an identifying feature that one of the victims reportedly recognized. Thai police arrested three suspects in the rape of two Russian tourists at Pattaya beach resort.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: NARONG SANGNAK / EPALink
Gonaives, Haiti — People sing in the street during ceremonies marking Haiti's 209th year of independence from France in 1804. Haitian President Michel Martelly made a new year plea for unity, urging his countrymen to rebuild together their shattered country almost three years after a devastating earthquake.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: THONY BELIZAIRE / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Oakland, Md. — Water flows through a snow-covered Muddy Creek Falls at Swallow Falls State Park near Oakland. Park officials had closed off the walkway nearest the water due to potential safety hazards. At 53 feet high, Muddy Creek Falls is the highest free-falling waterfall in the state of Maryland.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Steven R.Bittner / Cumberland Times-NewsLink
Monroe, Conn. — A bus traveling from Newtown, Conn., to Monroe stops in front of 26 angels along the roadside on the first day of classes for Sandy Hook Elementary School students since the Dec. 14 shooting. Chalk Hill School in Monroe was overhauled especially for the students from the Sandy Hook School shooting.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jessica Hill / Associated PressLink
Islamabad, Pakistan — Sadia Mukhteya, 12, reads during an English language lesson at a school in a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad. Mukhteya was displaced with her family from Pakistan's tribal areas because of fighting between militants and the army. Gunmen in northwest Pakistan killed several female teachers and aid workers on Tuesday in an ambush on a van carrying workers home from their jobs at a community center, officials said.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Muhammed Muheisen / Associated PressLink
St. Maergen, Germany — Young carolers make their way over a snowy meadow near a church in St. Maergen, southern Germany, part of the Three King's Action charity effort that focuses on the plight of children in Tanzania.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PATRICK SEEGER / DPALink
New Orleans — Florida linebacker Jon Bostic (1) hits Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) hard enough to dislodge his helmet in the first quarter of the Sugar Bowl NCAA college football game Wednesday.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bill Haber / Associated PressLink
Innsbruck, Austria — Anders Jacobsen of Norway competes during the training round for the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup event of the 61th Four Hills ski jumping tournament at Bergisel-Stadion.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lars Baron / BongartsLink
Duque de Caxias, Brazil — The neighborhood of Xeren in Duque de Caxias, about 30 miles from Rio de Janeiro, is inundated with mud and water after heavy downpours.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: CLEBER JUNIOR / AFPLink
Beijing — A couple rides down an ice slide at the frozen Houhai Lake in Beijing. The lake attracts scores of tourists and locals who use its frozen surface for skating, ice swimming and even exercising their dogs despite temperatures near 0 degrees Farenheit.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MARK RALSTON / AFPLink
Portland, Maine — Two passengers brave the frigid weather on a ferry crossing Casco Bay in Portland, Maine, at sunrise Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013. The overnight low temperature dropped to 0 degrees Fahrenheit in Portland.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert F. Bukaty / Associated PressLink
Gaza City, Gaza Strip — Palestinian naval police officers attend a Hamas security forces graduation ceremony in Gaza City on Thursday.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Adel Hana / Associated PressLink
Damara, Central African Republic — People leave Damara, the last strategic town keeping rebel forces from Bangui, Central African Republic's capital, on Wednesday. The rebels have reportedly stopped their advance on the capital and agreed to peace talks.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SIA KAMBOU / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Gaza City — Palestinians hold Fatah flags to celebrate the 48th anniversary of the Fatah movement. The secular-leaning Fatah party staged a massive rally, its first in Gaza since the Islamist Hamas group took control of the territory in 2007, in a sign of warming ties between the rival factions.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Hatem Moussa / Associated PressLink
Yangon, Myanmar — A youngster smeared with used automotive oil rests during a ball game played as part of celebrations marking the 65th anniversary of Myanmar's independence from Britain.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SOE THAN WIN / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Istanbul, Turkey — Anglers fish from the Galata Bridge in a heavy fog. The bridge crosses Istanbul's Golden Horn, an inlet of the Bosporus strait.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: BULENT KILIC / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Birmingham, England — Malala Yousafzai, a teenager shot in the head in Pakistan by Taliban gunmen in October, leaves Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where she had been sent for neurosurgery. The 15-year-old advocate for education for girls in Pakistan is expected to return to the hospital for more surgery in late January or early February.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Queen Elizabeth Hospital / Queen Elizabeth HospitalLink
Glendale, Ariz. — Oregon head coach Chip Kelly gets soaked by his players in the final seconds of the Fiesta Bowl college football game, in which Oregon defeated Kansas State, 35-17.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Matt York / Associated PressLink
Niskayuna, N.Y. — Schenectady, N.Y., firefighter Jason Bailey carries a child from a house fire to a waiting ambulance. The child's condition was not immediately known.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Peter R. Barber / THE DAILY GAZETTELink
Forcett, Australia — Smoke from a large bush fire is visible from Park Beach on the Australian island of Tasmania. The fire reportedly has destroyed homes and a school.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JO GIULIANI / AAPLink
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